Treadmills, Bikes, Rowers … Oh My Cardio!


CrossFit is constantly varied, meaning it requires all types of equipment, including that of the cardio kind.

For Dan Crawley, the Affiliate of CrossFit High Voltage, members begin on the cardio side through an introductory endurance class. Crawley explained this is two-fold: Coaches can correct movements before putting athletes under heavy loads, and athletes can learn how to respect basic cardio equipment.

When labeled, cardio equipment can be quite diverse. Mark Peterson, a Coach at CrossFit Defined, pointed out even kettlebells and wall balls could be considered extra cardio pieces.

But there are the typical kinds, like treadmills, rowers and bikes. At CrossFit Steele Creek, there used to be a treadmill, but Affiliate Brian Strump gave it away. “It was to work with people who couldn’t run, but I didn’t really like it. I think it does more harm than good for the people we were going to use it for,” said Strump.

Crawley, Peterson and Strump also use Concept2 rowers in their gyms. Strump said besides snagging a good deal, he has experienced great customer service. Once, Strump said someone from Concept2 helped him fix a rower by simply listening to an athlete row on it over the phone.

In terms of bikes, all three Affiliates invested in a Schwinn Airdyne, which costs much less than an Assault Bike. But, bad experiences with the Schwinn Airdyne led each to eventually purchasing the Assault Bike, which has lasted.

Crawely said it’s key to buy cardio equipment that will last, not only to save money but in order to better his member experience. “There’s nothing worse than walking into a gym where all the equipment is broken. It’s hard enough to do these workouts,” he said. “The last thing you need to worry about is the equipment.”

Hayli Goode is the former digital editor for Peake Media.